Friday, 28 February 2014

Spicy Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

I mentioned a couple of days ago I'm in the middle of a rebranding process towards lifestyle photo stories. Today I start with a new weekly recipe for the weekend, I hope you like it...

Have you ever had one of days when you don't have many ingredients in the kitchen cupboard and try and come up with an inventive recipe? It happens to me often, sometimes it is not successful and other times is a pleasant surprise!  Today I had one of those days. I had one butternut squash one sweet potato,  one red chili and a carton of coconut cream I thought to give it a try combining all these ingredients for a winter hearty soup which it turned out to be a delicious combo, so here I'm sharing my recipe with you-I hope you like it.

Recipe :

Serves 3 to 4 people
Duration 30-40 mins

 2 tbs olive oil
 1 large onion
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 1 small red chili
 1/2 tsp salt
 1/2 tsp pepper
 400 g butternut squash, diced
 400 g sweet potato, diced
 900 ml vegetable Stock
 3 tbs coconut cream

1. In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onion, chili and garlic with a pinch of salt and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft and translucent but make sure they do not go brown.

2. Add the diced sweet potato and butternut squash and cook for about 5 minutes before adding the vegetable stock. Cover the pan and cook for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. 

3. Season with salt and pepper to personal taste and add the coconut cream.

4. Puree the soup in a blender and can also leave it a little bit chunky.

5. Garnish with a dollop of coconut cream and herbs or your choice such as coriander.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

New Year a New Chapter!

Well they do say there is nothing like a new year to close chapters and bring in new ones! Well so far this applies to me as this year there are going to be so many changes with work and life that I don't know where to start ( hence my silence here and with many of you- you know who you are )

With my work I'm slowly rebranding and going towards the direction my heart has always taken me, which has been to take photographs of what life surrounds me with; be it friends and family, home cooked food, still life to travel. I have many projects I would like to document for future books or exhibitions, but this will be a long process in the making - nevertheless my images will still be available as prints and wall decor to private customers and licensing companies

At present I'm working towards opening for business with outdoor lifestyle portraits and studio for those that wish to, this coming summer. I'm also in the process of expanding my studio so I'll keep you updated with this news too!
In the meantime you will gradually see some changes through my blog with weekly vegetarian and vegan recipes and updates on my new projects ** note -Blog name has also changed from beechgrovestudio to**

As this is not enough, Matt and I (as many of you know) have been in a very long process for adoption and hopefully I shall have some exciting news to share with you all very soon!